Mike Ruggeri Testimonial

Principal of Heritage Corporate Advisors

The key focus areas of bax&max services reflect the multi-dimensional skillsets (manufacturing operations, business development, strategic planning, sales, management leadership, etc.) that Paddy McDermott has mastered over 30+ years of success in progressive roles with Essilor International, Transitions Optical (a joint venture of PPG Industries, Inc. and Essilor International) and Essilor Luxottica.
Bax ‘n ‘Max will be able to leverage these skill sets for the benefit of their clients via delivery of value based services.
I had the pleasure and benefit of working with Paddy in my roles as Finance Director, Specialty Chemicals (PPG Industries); Business Development (PPG Industries); Chief Financial and Administrative Officer (Transitions Optical); and Business Controller, Optical & Specialty Materials (PPG Industries) from 2000 until my retirement in 2015. Over this period, Paddy and I collaborated on several projects which delivered value for internal projects and external clients. These projects required the ability to work across functional areas, to work up and down organizational levels, and the knowledge base to
successfully address organizational issues. A sampling of a few key projects included:
● restructuring and re-focusing the IT function as a value-added service provider
● developing a long-term client relationship agreement upon the merger of two clients
● negotiating joint development and license agreements regarding enabling technology for commercialization of fixed tint polarized and dynamic polarized lens products


● negotiating joint development and license agreements regarding commercialization of photochromic contact lens products
● due diligence team leadership for evaluation of potential M&A transactions
My relationship with Paddy has continued in semi-retirement with my role as a Principal of Heritage Corporate Advisors. Tapping into his wealth of knowledge and experience enables me to better address and serve my clients.
I feel certain that as a client of bax&max you will benefit greatly from Paddy’s wealth of knowledge and experience as well as his ability to design services to address your specific challenges and organizational issues.
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